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After spending more than 25 years in the newspaper business (most recently at the now-defunct Rocky Mountain News in Denver), Michael Bialas is currently taking an online approach to his work. A writer, editor, amateur photographer and former college football player, he primarily has covered sports throughout his career. Among the games he enjoys playing now, though, are reviewing and writing about music, movies, TV and other activities that sometimes don't require a ball.

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Deep Thoughts From the Sea the Sea: Sing Along to 'in the Altogether'

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2016 | 12:46 PM

Even if you don't know Chuck E. Costa and Mira Stanley, their music is easy to love. The stunning melodies wrapped around enchanting lyrics are the sonic equivalent of a plush stuffed animal just waiting for a hug.

The indie-alt folk-pop duo that writes, records, sings and performs...

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Worth the Weighted Mind: Sierra Hull Graduates From an Old School of Thought

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2016 | 4:02 PM

It wasn't that long ago that Sierra Hull was the trainee, not the trainer.

Hull, a gifted mandolinist and promising singer-songwriter from Tennessee, had just wrapped up five days as a guest instructor at RockyGrass Academy in Lyons, Colorado, her first time there as a music professor...

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Tag-Teamed By Total Divas: Brie and Nikki Bella Are a Twinning Combination

(0) Comments | Posted January 19, 2016 | 12:46 PM

In an era of ass-kicking women on TV (Supergirl, Blindspot's Jane Doe, Legends of Tomorrow's White Canary, Netflix's Jessica Jones), the Bella Twins are the real thing. Well, as real as anything gets on reality TV, anyway.

"It's definitely 100 percent real," Nikki Bella, one-half of the WWE...

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When Two Become Three: A Guided Tour Through David Wax Museum

(3) Comments | Posted January 15, 2016 | 1:37 AM

Two songs from one album can't necessarily capture a band's zeitgeist, but for David Wax and Suz Slezak, these true stories hit remarkably close to home.

"Guesthouse" and "Everything Changes," the third and 10th tracks off 2015's Guesthouse that essentially frame David Wax Museum's spicy mix of merry...

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Holiday Dream: Dawn Landes Paints a Pretty Picture Using Her Voice, Music

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2015 | 12:48 PM

Creating lyrics with a poetic touch while blending lovely sounds with angelic harmonies, Brooklyn, New York-based singer-songwriter Dawn Landes naturally thinks like a true artist.

Her musical landscape is a thing of beauty, and she controls the palette and paintbrush.

"I think that it's really satisfying for...

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Music's Fantastic 15 of 2015: Here's Wishing These Top Performers a Very Best Fest

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2015 | 1:52 PM

Put yourself inside the mind of a music festival organizer. It might get somewhat cozy in there, considering how much wheeling and dealing goes on in that noggin year-round.

Planning for the next year's event must begin as soon as this year's ends. Admittedly, I don't have the qualifications...

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Actor John Turturro Plans to Resurrect Jesus (Quintana, That Is)

(0) Comments | Posted November 14, 2015 | 2:17 PM

Consummate character actor John Turturro has pumped life into so many memorable roles that it's difficult to pick a favorite.

Yet if the veteran performer, who has appeared in more than 60 films, has his way, there will be one he finally deems worthy of resurrection -- his...

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Video Premiere: Lindi Ortega Feels the Burn in 'Ashes'

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2015 | 11:26 AM

Lindi Ortega is a Northern girl with Southern charms, a cowpunk who writes songs that make grown men weep, a tattooed lady who's comfortable wearing ruby-red lipstick and cowboy boots, a modern-day Patsy Cline who sings with genuine feeling while channeling Johnny Cash.

Born and raised in Toronto,...

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Denver Film Festival's Wonder Women: Cast Your Vote for This Cast of Characters

(0) Comments | Posted November 3, 2015 | 2:47 AM

The career arcs of Meryl Streep and Mary Louise Wilson have taken decidedly different trajectories. But their paths as actors intersect this week at the 38th Denver Film Festival, which opens Wednesday (Nov. 4) and continues through Nov. 15.

DFF logo copyWhile the...

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Blitzen Trapper Take Their Magical History Tour All Across This Land

(1) Comments | Posted October 30, 2015 | 2:23 PM

For a guy not overly concerned with selling records, Eric Earley sure does make a lot of them.

The prolific wordsmith and enigmatic music man fronting Portland, Oregon-based Blitzen Trapper also lets his songs do much of the talking, at least judging by this interview while he was...

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Light a Match to See (and Hear) the Striking Evolution of Chic Gamine

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2015 | 1:55 PM

"It all kind of just came together very quickly, which I barely remember now. It feels like a dream."

Alexa Dirks, one of the bright, bubbly singer-songwriters of Chic Gamine, sounded wide awake, waxing enthusiastic over the phone last week from Montreal about the birth of the French-Canadian band...

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The Wet Darlings Set to Celebrate Columbus Daze With the Rest of America

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2015 | 10:26 PM

What happens when a band emerges as a hometown favorite smack dab in the middle of Ohio before finding mainstream success? If you're Columbus and they're the Wet Darlings, you might try to keep it to yourself. 

In the city named for that Italian explorer who let the word out...

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Taking the High Road, Heather Maloney Keeps Making All the Right Turns

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2015 | 1:41 PM

The name of Heather Maloney's alluring 2015 album is Making Me Break, but it just as easily could have been titled Making Me Breakthrough.

Comfortably enjoying the ride while staying in cruise control, the contemplative singer-songwriter based in Northampton, Mass., got a career jump-start in 2012 when she...

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After Finding Beauty and the Beatles, Pattie Boyd Seeks Picture Perfection

(7) Comments | Posted September 22, 2015 | 2:30 AM

She was a vision of loveliness who attracted the eye of some of the best photographers in the world -- not to mention the fancy of two of rock 'n' roll's most iconic guitar heroes.

Today, though, Pattie Boyd feels most comfortable on the other side of camera....

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Premiering New Video, Amy and the Engine Want You to Join the 'A' Team

(0) Comments | Posted September 1, 2015 | 2:02 AM

Give Amy Allen a capital "A" for effort while the singer-songwriter also makes an upper case for herself in the Ambition Department.

Backed by the group she started forming in February 2014, Allen is revving up for a promising music career with Amy & the Engine.

That's...

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Give a Rocky Mountain High-25 to Gillian Welch, Jason Isbell: Who Else Made the List?

(0) Comments | Posted August 25, 2015 | 2:58 AM

With 19 featured acts representing four foreign countries and American artists who grew up in states from Massachusetts to Alaska, the 25th annual Rocky Mountain Folks Festival covered the gamut in many ways during three days of genre-bending music in August. If you want to see everyone in this jam-packed...

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Video Premiere: Honeyhoney So Drop-Dead Gorgeous in 'You and I'

(3) Comments | Posted August 18, 2015 | 4:04 AM

Three years after revealing how darkly decadent they can be, Ben Jaffe and Suzanne Santo are revisiting the "Angel of Death" again.

After getting pretty morbid for that song and the accompanying killer video of 2012, the roots-rocking, sexy/savvy duo known as honeyhoney return for another audacious dance...

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Expect the Family Crest to Hit Some Rocky Mountain High Notes

(0) Comments | Posted August 17, 2015 | 11:37 AM

There once was this California dreamer who grew up singing jazz but admired Freddie Mercury, went to college to study opera voice and eventually became leader of a grand band with an extended family of 400 or so members that produces some of the most innovative and intoxicating orchestral rock-pop...

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Returning to Colorado, Vikki Thorn of the Waifs Has Festival Fever

(0) Comments | Posted August 12, 2015 | 4:35 AM

Singer-songwriter Vikki Thorn of the Waifs, the Australian folk rockers who were profiled on Aug. 7 in the first part of a series previewing the 25th annual Rocky Mountain Folks Festival in Lyons, Colorado, loves these musical feasts so much that she would attend even her group...

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During the Long, Hot Summer, Jason Isbell Warms Up to Become One Glad Dad

(1) Comments | Posted August 10, 2015 | 3:54 PM

If an All-Americana team of today's musicians is ever selected, Jason Isbell would have to be its Most Valuable Player.

Others may have put Americana on the map, but this Thank God, I'm a Country Boy has extended those borders after the album arrivals of Southeastern in...

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